Common Reading Program


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

2018 Common Reading Announced

$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America
by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer is NC State’s 2018 Common Reading Program selection.

Copies of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, chosen by the students, faculty and staff on the Common Reading Selection Committee, will be distributed to all new first-year students during New Student Orientation prior to the fall semester. Themes from $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America will also be the focus of Convocation on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Reynolds Coliseum to welcome the Class of 2022.

Andrea Atkin, Chair of the 2018 Common Reading Selection Committee, noted that “$2.00 a Day is an interdisciplinary study that can prompt conversations among the members of the NC State community about poverty, hunger, and homelessness in America, and about what we as individuals and as a society can and ought to do.  Edin and Shaefer explain how Americans who “envision themselves first and foremost as workers” become caught in desperate poverty. As our first-year students are starting to think about their own future as workers; $2.00 a Day challenges them to respond personally to the plight of their fellow Americans, to see the similarities we share and to understand how social, political, and economic forces can lead to different futures.”

The Common Reading Engagement Committee invites members of the NC State community and beyond to become engaged by:

  • Incorporating the text into fall and spring semester courses (to request a review copy of the text available in early June, please visit:;
  • Submitting ideas on other active engagement opportunities via the Common Reading email at; and
  • Engaging the conversation via social media using the hashtag #onepackonebook.

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